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iPhone Order Canceled

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

iPhone5 CanceledI’ve owned the first generation iPhone and the iPhone3 and I was looking forward to owning a iPhone5, but after waiting 3 weeks for my order and after hearing how many things were wrong with it I canceled my order. All my devices are Apple devices I love the brand, the devices, the apps the style but I personally believe that the iPhone5 was not ready to released. I think Apple was mostly concerned about their new mini iPad than iPhone5. Instead of dealing with all the drama I jumped on a Samsung Galaxy III. I had now for 7 days and I must admit that it’s a big learning curve, but it mostly user error the device is smashing!!!

Sorry iPhone5

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

iphone5 vs galaxys3I ordered the iPhone 5 over a week ago and the invoice stated that the device would be shipped within four weeks. I am a big fan of Apple and I totally understand that demand for this device is high. However in the last few days I’ve seen a few negative reports that are pushing me towards the Samsung Galaxy S3.

I don’t understand why the coolest brand in the universe would launch this device with so many issues. I guess with Steve Jobs gone so is the quality of the brand? I’ve been carrying around the iPhone3 for a few years and I waited for the IP5 but unfortunately, I am not impressed. For the first time in years I’m thinking about deviating from the brand. This weekend I’m going to see what the Galaxy III is all about or maybe I’ll wait for the Galaxy Note II.

Buell Blast | Croatian Center Wedding | Recovery Day

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Croatian Center | Carlos Valentino Wedding Photographer
Photographing Weddings is what I love to do. To see families getting together, sharing tears and laughter is the best. However, as a photographer, the next day I feel like I ran the Boston Marathon. Mark and I photographed Alyssa and Daniel’s wedding at the Croatian Center last night. I had so much fun that I even danced with the Bride!!!

Buell Blast | Carlos ValentinoToday is my recovery day and I decided to get a jump on my search for a motorcycle / Scooter. After the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course I’ve been searching on Craiglist for a machine that I can call my own. This morning I was lucky to try out a 500cc Buell Blast. I like the history of the Buell and the type of engine it has but after riding for 15 minutes I had to come to terms with the fact that the bike is a bit small for me; so it’s back to Craiglist. Maybe I’ll get lucky and barter my wedding services for a cool Motorcycle or a Maxi Scooter.

Joseph Long

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Joseph Long was a Groomsmen at Amber and Luis Wedding this Spring. He was handsome, funny, he looked good in a suit and great on the dance floor. Later on that night I learned that most of the guest met through dancing and they all knew Joesph. I was sadden to hear that a stray bullet took Joseph’s life over weekend. RIP Joseph.

Amber & Luis Wedding | Joseph Long RIP | Carlos Valentino

Williamsburg Revitalized | New York City Visit

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

New York City | Sky Scrapers | Carlos Valentino PhotographyI dusted off my Nikon D70 and took it with me on a family trip to New York City. I grew up in Brooklyn New York and the neighborhood is going through some big changes. Williamsburg, aka The South Side, now is home to great restaurants, art galleries, condos and bicycles;New York City | Bedford Avenue | Carlos Valentino Photography lots and lots of bicycles. It was cool to learn that we no longer have to cross the bridge by car or train to get to Manhattan, now we can be in midtown in minutes via the East River Ferry.New York City | Canal Street | Carlos Valentino Photography My little one loves the subway; it’s in her blood. We commuted by train to the Hayden Planetarium for Journey to the Stars, Little Italy for pizza, this place is packed for the Feast of San Gennaro and Luna Park in Coney Island where we shared Nathan Hot dogs on the New York City | Coney Island Boardwalk | Carlos Valentino Photographyboardwalk; but her favorite was Chinatown. To be honest, returning to NYC was a bit emotional but to see all the changes was exciting. I fell in love with the pier at the EDGE apartments complex and with the BMW F800, you never know I may get rid of my car.New York City | Nathans | Carlos Valentino Photography Would I ever move back? I hate the humidity, but I love the city and it would be nice to shoot a wedding in Spring or Fall. Now that I’m back in Sacramento it’s back to what I love. I have a engagement session tonight, one in Los Angeles in a few weeks and I’ll be at the Folsom Bridal Show at the Lake Natoma Inn on August 28th.

New York City | Street Vendors | Carlos Valentino Photography

GIGI | Cairn Terrier Mix

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Meet Gigi, she’s a 6 months old Cairn Terrier Mix; to me she looks more like a long hair Chihuahua.We are dog people and ever since our little Sasha moved on we have been longing for another mascot. Last week my wife went to the Sacramento County Animal Shelter looking for a Yorkshire Terrier and instead came home with this licking machine. She is full of energy and likes lady shoes. My little one called her Gigi and they play and sleep together: she’s cute. Welcome home Gigi looking forward to many years of love and happiness.

My Mother | NYC 2010 Snowstorm

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

I want to take a moment and thank you for thinking of my family at this time. In the late 60’s my mother moved from Puerto Rico and made Brooklyn, New York her home. A single parent she taught me that school; family, hard work and trust in God were essential for a good life. With her I learned how to be dependable, respectful, cook and even how to dance the hustle.

In the early eighties doctors had found that brain tumors were the reason behind her headaches. In October 2000, I moved from NYC with her blessing with hopes of her moving to Sacramento with me but that never came to be.

My Mother loved Christmas, two days later, on the eve of NYC worse snowstorm of 2010, she passed way. I am deeply sadden that she is no longer here and I know that this is part of the grieving process, the only consolation I have is what can be found in the bible in 2 Corinthians 5:8 “…to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.”

9/11 still gives me chills

Friday, September 11th, 2009

CNN reports that 34% of Americans think an act of terrorism is likely in the US over the next few weeks. This might explain why I’m tossing in bed tonight? God Bless the families, NYC, America and the beautiful Men and Women of our military that allow me to sleep in peace while they protect my home and country.

Nikon SB-900 Over Heating

Friday, August 7th, 2009

A few friends have commented on how the SB-900 flash over heats and slows them down. Lilkiwiguy87 of The Spina Family has these great videos on YouTube covering this very issue; enjoy.

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Malcontents and a Unincorporated Association

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I received a this entry as a blog comment a few days ago and I thought that it would service us best if it was it’s own blog entry.

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Sacramento Bride and Groom has had a disagreement with how Afwpi is structured, that was one of the reasons why we decided to withdraw from the association several years ago. Even though we did not receive a mailed letter that was sent to some members, we did get a copy. “THEY” said in their July 6, 2009 letter that they are a “for profit” Unincorporated Association and that many associations are structured the same way. However, most unincorporated associations are non-profit organizations and in the state of California, all unincorporated associations must be registered with the Secretary of State. My question… Is Afwpi registered as an unincorporated association, or are they simply running a business as husband and wife? Their business licenses taken out in 2008, indicate the latter. The letter continues with “We wanted to set the record straight on that”. Their explanation left things unclear, so I did a little research on just what an unincorporated association is, here is a portion of what I found.

A non-profit unincorporated association is any grouping of persons (i.e. a collective, an activist organization, etc.) uniting together for some special purpose or business other than making a profit. Most states will grant tax-exempt status to an unincorporated association or club, you will have to contact your state government to get information about applying for it. However, if you just take out a non-interest bearing account at a bank or credit union (i.e. a checking account) you will not have to file taxes for your association and, therefore, you can avoid dealing with the government at all. The main differences between an unincorporated association and a non-profit corporation is that the members of an unincorporated association can be held directly liable if someone were to sue the association and it is problematic for unincorporated associations to have paid employees. I don’t know about you, but it sounds a little risky to be a member of this type of association.

While I agree that most small businesses have encountered financial hurdles, the solution is not to incur more debt than you can pay. It’s difficult to imagine how adding more shows is going to solve the problem. In fact, adding shows that do not include a sufficient budget for advertising will only make matters worse for the very people they purport to help… the vendors. When a vendor does a show that does not bring in a significant number of quality brides, that vendor has less money to spend for other marketing avenues that does have an advertising budget. When a vendor buys an ad in a magazine they have a right to expect it to come out on time, be distributed as promised, and be of sufficient quality that brides will want to read. The letter suggests that a reason for the money woes is a “reduction in our home values”. Regardless of that, when money is collected for an event, that event must be paid for. These are standards that must apply to all. For the life of me I cannot understand how a group of people on an all expense paid trip to the Philippines …”to discover their country and to develop more members there”… will help pay the bills here. The Philippines Department of Tourism is hoping that the people in this group will send brides over to the Philippines for “destination weddings”. How does “developing more members there” help the Department of Tourism? Don’t we want to keep our brides here, using local venues and vendors? It sounds like a big boon-doggle to me.

I’m happy to hear that they are willing to take responsibility for their problems and I believe them when they say they never wanted to harm the members, however, the end result is the same, and people have been hurt. I also cannot figure out how “all” funds that come into the association are applied to its operations and advancement. Don’t they pay themselves a salary? Don’t they have a mortgage and other bills like the rest of us?

Now, about those “intentions”. We all know where that road leads and what it’s paved with. None of us ever set out to do harm to others, and over the years many of us have given AFWPI countless of hours support. But there comes a time when intentions are not enough, there must be concrete evidence that steps are being taken to correct the problems. Unfortunately, when those of us who have disagreed with their policies and lack of professionalism, we become a member of what is commonly known as the “dead meat society”. We are no longer welcomed and our letters to the ethics committee are never read or addressed. We are quite simply perceived as the enemy, which is unfortunate, because we really do not wish the association any harm. What we want is an organization that actually operates at a level commensurate with the standards of their own “Code of Ethics”, and I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Like Carlos, we feel there are too few who stand up and tell it like it is… we are perceived as troublemakers and malcontents. Nothing could be further from the truth, we are in fact, just a few who are not afraid to stand up for ourselves and let the chips fall where they may. We “choose the harder right over the easier wrong” and we will “never be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.”

So where do we go from here? This Ladies and Gents is my last installment on this issue, it was bitter sweet and the end has arrived. I close this chapter the way I started it, announcing to the world that this is not a personal attack to those involved, but a demand for integrity. I think it’s a sad day when people who we put on pedestals let us down. I once held this organization in high regard and today the voice of history reminds me of how much of a fool I am for doing so. I will never ever ever mention this group in any of my blogs ever again unless, they decide to say a few words. I wanted this to be a fair conversation and though I know many have read the entries, no one has come in their defense. I hope this blog segment encourages others to speak out when things seem wrong and think twice where they place their loyalty.